Allen D. DeSena, MD, MPH

Pediatric Neurologist, Division of Neurology

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medi


Multiple sclerosis; transverse myelitis; neuromyelitis optica; autoimmune encephalitis; anti-NMDA receptor antibody encephalitis; opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome; antibody-mediated central nervous system disorders.


Clinical research focusing on therapeutics of the following: multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, neuromyelitis optica, autoimmune encephalitis, anti-NMDA receptor antibody encephalitis, opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome, antibody-mediated central nervous system disorders.

MD: Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL, 2006.

Residency: General Pediatrics, Tulane-Ochsner General Pediatrics Residency, New Orleans, LA, 2006-2009.

Residency: Child Neurology Residency, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, 2009-2012.

Fellowship: Pediatric and Adult Neuroimmunology Fellowship, UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2012-2014.

Certification: General Pediatrics, 2009; Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology, 2012.

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DeSena AD, Greenberg BM, Graves D. "Light switch" mental status changes and irritable insomnia are two particularly salient features of anti-NMDA receptor antibody encephalitis. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Jul;51(1):151-3.

DeSena AD, Greenberg BM, Graves D. Three Phenotypes of Anti-N-Methyl-d-Aspartate Receptor Antibody Encephalitis in Children: Prevalence of Symptoms and Prognosis. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 May 29.

DeSena A, Graves D, Morriss MC, Greenberg BM. Transverse myelitis plus syndrome and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis plus syndrome: a case series of 5 children. JAMA Neurol. 2014 May;71(5):624-9.

Desena A, Graves D, Warnack W, Greenberg BM. Herpes simplex encephalitis as a potential cause of anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antibody encephalitis: report of 2 cases. JAMA Neurol. 2014 Mar;71(3):344-6.